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From the Polar Bear Swim on January 1 to the Festival of Lights in late December, festivals and other exciting events are happening all the time in Vancouver.

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2014 Vancouver International Dance Festival

  • Friday, March 07, 2014 - Saturday, March 29, 2014 (Recurring daily)
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March 7 - 29, 2014 The 2014 Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) presents an extraordinary roster of dance artists and creators from March 7 to 29, 2014. Performed in venues across the city, and featuring a diverse wealth of free and paid events, the festival includes such international icons as China’s Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Spain’s flamenco innovator Israe... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Helen Lawrence

Acclaimed visual artist Stan Douglas and screenwriter Chris Haddock (Da Vinci's Inquest, Boardwalk Empire), in collaboration with Kim Collier (Tear the Curtain!), bring you an intoxicating mixed-media spectacle set in the Vancouver of 1948. Visit the vanished worlds of the old Hotel Vancouver and Hogan's Alley-the city's hot spot for gambling and vice. Told in noir style, Helen Lawrence is a myste... Visit Website

Burnaby Art Gallery presents Recent Acquisitions of First Nations and Inuit Prints

The Burnaby Art Gallery has recently received the promised gift of a significant collection of First Nations and Inuit prints, all of which were created during the 1970s to early 1980s period, with many included in the Northwest Coast Indian Artist Guild series of 1977 and 1978. In addition, two notable Inuit works of Canadian Heritage were added to the collection in 2013. This exhibition feat... Visit Website

Firehall Arts Centre presents Chelsea Hotel

  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - Saturday, March 29, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
  • Location: Firehall Arts Centre
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Chelsea Hotel March 18th - 29th, 2014 The Firehall's hit show returns to the stage for two weeks only, following a tour to Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and around the Lower Mainland. A Firehall Arts Centre production.

GUIZHOU CHINA, In the Season of New Rice by Evelyn Nodwell

GUIZHOU CHINA, In the Season of New Rice by Evelyn Nodwell Exhibit date: March 1 - 30, 2014 Exhibit Opening: March 1, 2014 from 2 pm - 4 pm An exhibition by anthropologist and award-winning photographer Evelyn Nodwell as she explores village and small town life in Guizhou Province  during China's growing urbanization. Guizhou is among the least developed of China's provinces. Many villag... Visit Website

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver presents - Samonie Toonoo exhibition

Born in 1969, Samonie is part of a significant art family in Cape Dorset; being the son of the renowned graphic artist Sheojuk and carver Toonoo, he's also the younger brother of Jutai Toonoo and Ovilloo Tunnillie. Over the last 25 years as an artist, Samonie has evolved from realistic depictions of wildlife and figurative forms into this collection which the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver is very pr... Visit Website

Live Band Karaoke Tuesdays

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - Tuesday, September 02, 2014
  • Location: Backstage Lounge
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The Backstage Lounge Presents Live Band Karaoke Hosted by: Sami Ghawi & Reuben Avery $2.25 Draft and $4.75 Palm Bay Rock out on stage with a live band and sing your favorite songs! Every Tuesday night at the Backstage Lounge, Sami and Reuben will take your karaoke experience to the next level! Come ch... Visit Website

Majid Sheikh Akbari & Alfonso Tejada Exhibition

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 9:00AM - 4:00pm
  • Location: District Foyer Gallery
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February 26 to April 22, 2014 2D Alfonso L. Tejada: As an architect and urban planner, Alfonso is inspired by interesting vistas of townscapes from his travels both locally and abroad. His new series focuses on local landscapes, the fringe between the city and the beautiful natural environment of the North Shore. He has exhibited his work in numerous invitational solo and group exhibitions int... Visit Website

Museum of Vancouver presents Rewilding Vancouver

  • Thursday, February 27, 2014 - Sunday, August 31, 2014
  • Venue: Museum of Vancouver
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM (Thursdays until 8:00PM)
  • Location: Museum of Vancouver
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Rewilding Vancouver Remember. Reconnect. Rewild. February 27, 2014 - September 1, 2014 The first major exhibition in Canada to explore our relationship with nature through the lens of historical ecology, Rewilding Vancouver brings this new way of exploring the past to the forefront using Vancouver as the subject. The exhibition is comprised of taxidermy specimens, 3D models, soundscapes, vide... Visit Website

Offsite: Mark Lewis, Exhibition

Offsite: Mark Lewis, Exhibition October 18, 2013 to March 30, 2014 The silent moving images of Mark Lewis' latest film project captivate a mobile audience at Offsite, the Vancouver Art Gallery's outdoor public art space. Using the formalist language of cinema to explore our experience of urban and natural environments, Lewis' films both contrast and complement the surrounding cityscape. Van... Visit Website

Pacific Theatre presents The Seafarer

On a dark and stormy Dublin night, four old friends gather for their annual ritual of cards and demon rum. But as the evening progresses, things take a sinister turn and they find themselves playing for more than just a few quid. Sparkling and suspenseful, this chilling pitch-black comedy takes us on a long night's journey into day. THE SEAFARER by Conor McPherson  March 7-29 &n... Visit Website

Scorned: Emily Carr

Scorned: Emily Carr March 1 to May 26, 2014 Scorned: Emily Carr engages in dialogue with the concurrent exhibition A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky, presenting works that demonstrate Carr's interest in the denatured landscape-an occasional, but notable, subject of her work. The exhibition includes drawings and paintings from the Gallery's permanent collection, as well as a small selection o... Visit Website

Spring Break - Stanley Park Easter Train

The Stanley Park Easter Train and Easter Bunny arrive early this year, starting on Spring Break. The train runs rain or shine, and is fully covered to protect you from spring showers. Hop on by for a fun-filled day: > Miniature train ride > Egg hunt (bring your own basket) > Crafts activities and a bunny-ear workshop > Game > Face painting (by donation) Get an early Spring ... Visit Website

Spring Break Scavenger Hunt: Toys

The Hunt March 17- March 28, 2014 Burnaby Village Museum   Pick up your scavenger clues and start the hunt! Explore the Village searching for the answers left behind by the storybook toys. When you think you're done, stop in at the General Store to see if you have earned a prize. Join in the fun at the Real Estate office where the storybook toys are hosting a tea party, make a ... Visit Website

TEA FOR TWO AT THE VANDUSEN GARDENS

Truffles Café at VanDusen Botanical Garden is now serving a ‘proper' Afternoon Tea complete with three-tier tray of goodies, ceramic tea pots and cups, organic and private label teas. Afternoon Tea in the Garden is offered for $35.00 for 2 OR $60.00 for 4 and includes: Choice of daily sandwich Freshly made scone Large croissant Coconut macaroons and shortbread cookies ... Visit Website

TED 2014

More than 50 of the world's foremost thought leaders will convene at the Vancouver Convention Centre for TED 2014, including rock-star astronaut Chris Hadfield, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, and musician/activist Sting. More highlights: Randall Munroe of xkcd will share his passion for "What If" questions, Yoruba Richen will talk about the fastest-moving social justice campaig... Visit Website

The Cultch presents Underbelly

Based on the myth and impact of burroughs and The Beats, Jayson McDonald's tour de force performance and poetic virtuosity take us on a hallucinatory journey of language, imagery, and an entire generation.

The Cultch presents Whose Life is it Anyway?

"If I can't be a man, I do not wish to be a medical achievement."  The producers of Skydive bring you this new production of the Tony award-winning play about a sculptor who, paralyzed from the neck down after a car accident, fights for the right to die. More relevant than ever, this perversely hilarious and powerfully compassionate play raises important issues of medical ethics ... Visit Website

Vancouver Aquarium presents "Up Close"

Ever wonder what it takes to care for over 50,000 aquatic creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium? Until April 30, experience aquatic life like never before during Vancouver Aquarium Up Close, where visitors will take a journey beyond their first impressions of their favourite animals to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of these beguiling creatures. Vancouver Aquarium Up Close featur... Visit Website

Planet Earth: Shallow Seas 4-D Experience In this 15-minute epic 4-D adventure, hear the power of the ocean's waves as they crash along the shoreline, and feel the salty spray as you surf the coast with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in search of food. Glide alongside a cast of balletic sea lions as they dive through vast swirling bait balls of anchovy, and track a mother humpback whale and her c... Visit Website